The goals target Chesterfield wing-back George Carline is aiming for this season

Not long after collecting his Player of the Year trophy Chesterfield’s George Carline was putting his name in the hat for another end-of-season award.

Monday, 6th September 2021, 3:31 pm

The full-back waited patiently on the right corner of the box for a pass from Danny Rowe to arrive before taking a touch with his left foot which set the ball up nicely for a sublime half-volley on his right boot which flew like an arrow into the net.

It was a superb strike and one worthy of a much bigger occasion than a home game against Bromley and it will no doubt be included in the Spireites’ goal of the season competition come May.

The 28-year-old started this season on the bench as he continued to build up his fitness following an injury towards the end of the last campaign but he has still scored two goals and claimed one assist in just four appearances, including two starts.

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When Carline and manager James Rowe sat down at the end of last season to reflect and look ahead, getting more goals and assists were top of the list.

The need for the right wing-back to improve that side of his game became even more important following the arrival of Jeff King from Halifax, the Shaymen’s Player of the Year, who bagged seven goals last season.

But Carline, a qualified PE teacher, is passing the test so far and is on track to reach his expected grades.

Speaking about Carline after Saturday’s 2-2 with Bromley, Rowe told the DT: "We spoke in the summer about what he can add to his game and goals and assists are big things that he wants to add. He wants to get into double figures. He has got two goals already so that is a good return so far.”

George Carline has scored two goals in four appearances this season.

Given the determination he has shown to work his way up the football pyramid, perhaps we should not be surprised that he has responded in this way.

In an interview with the DT earlier in the summer before the signing of King was confirmed, Carline said competition would get the best out of him.

“I am not going to lie and say that I am not going to be really competitive again to try and cement my spot,” he added.